Frugal Friday


Hello Dear Reader,

We both have a weeks leave from work and have planned to do some house maintenance, weather permitting some garden tidying, catch up on some sewing and trying to keep warm. 

It’s been our normal thrifty week this week but not a no spend week. I buy my toiletries from Poundland and save money by the fact that I don’t use many. Good old fashioned Vosene now I don’t have to preserve hair colouring. I’ve used the same soap and brand of toothpaste all my life and it’s great to get three bars of soap for a pound and toothpaste for the same price. 

Toiletries are something that we can so easily overspend on and yet we really don’t need a lot. I wash my face with soap and use Aldi Lacura moisturiser for £1.69, shower gel and a squirt of anti perspirant and that’s me done. 

I’ll turn this over to you now, do we need to spend much on toiletries?  Are you a thrifty abluter too? Do you have any great deals on toiletries to share? Do you have a version of Poundland in which ever country you live in! 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs 

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33 thoughts on “Frugal Friday

  1. This is a great reminder as my spend on toiletries has rocketed. I plan to use everything which we have stored and then go back to the pound shop. Boots is too tempting😀😀

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  2. I don’t know if you have a Savers store locally but they can sometimes be better value than the Pound Shops. We get our toothpaste in there usually around 70p – and they have plenty of other toiletries under the £1 mark too. It’s worth a visit if it’s local to you. I refuse to spend much on toiletries although due to health issues, I try to avoid too many chemicals. It’s still possible to buy organic toiletries cheaply (even in Pound Shops) if you keep your eyes peeled and Homesense/TK Maxx can be a source of bargains too. For me the hunt is part of the fun!

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  3. I’ve also decided to use everything stashed in the cupboards before re-stocking in toiletries. We live in a poor area of the UK and have loads of pound shops around us – which is great! Kicked myself today – Heinz soup in Tesco 95p – Poundworld – 2 tins for £1.
    They are really good value!

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  4. I’m thinking of reverting back to bars of soap as kids use half a pump per hand wash!! I tend to buy branded but wait until they come on offer and bulk buy even if it’s 10 at a time. Never spend more than £1 per toiletry and don’t use much. I like a lot of super drugs own products with natural ingredients that are not tested on animals .

    Enjoy your well deserved week off.

    Emily

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    • I have started using more bars of soap as my 10yo seems to get through handwash at a lightning rate – even when I get it for under £1 I still hate to see it flying out of the pump!

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      • I’ve binned the hand wash and shower gel and gone back to soap – I can get better quality soap (no artificial ingredients) that lasts longer so it’s cheaper and there’s less waste so it’s better for my wallet and better for the environment. Win win!!

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      • If you tie an elastic band underneath the pump your child won’t be able to press the pump the whole way down thus eliminating the amount of soap dispensed 🙂

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      • Hi from Louisiana!

        We have Dollar Tree here and there are some great bargains there. Everything’s just $1.00. And Dollar General has a just $1 aisle too.

        I prefer pump hand soap but I have a frugal trick:. For $1 each I bought two foaming hand soaps and bought some regular hand soap refills. After the foaming hand soap is used up, just put about 2 tablespoons in the foaming dispenser and fill the rest up with warm water, replace top and shake gently to mix the soap. The foaming dispenser works great with the refill. A small bottle of regular hand soap can last for months, a bulk refill for years.

        You can buy a fancy dispenser for $10-15 at a department store but the “disposable” ones work fine. I do peel off the plastic label for aesthetics. In about seven years of doing this I’ve only had to replace one of the dispensers, knock on wood.

        Love reading about frugality in the UK and other countries. I’ve learned a lot from your blog.

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  5. I only shop for toiletries and cleaning supplies once a month and find Home Bargains
    much better value than Poundland for most things. I’m not really brand loyal but I don’t like cheap shampoo or conditioner or the cheaper fabric softeners.

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  6. Froogs, your PoundLand sounds like what we call “Dollar Store” here in the USA. I am all for saving on taxables such as cleaning products, paper goods, personal care items. As ever, one needs to use common sense and compare like items. At the dollar store, I buy shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, bar soap, lotion, floss/dental picks, cotton balls etc.I should mention that I do buy refills for pump soap at the kitchen sink but I buy larger bottles of dollar store (usually or a sale + cpn deal at a tradtional store making it free or close to it) body wash and use this 1 part to 2 parts water for pump soap. For those items not sold at Dollar stores, I use store brands, wait for sales and try to stack coupons on top. Items that I buy this second way: color care shampoo, shaving gel, what little make up I wear. I buy DS’s razors at Aldi’s. I am currently using about a year’s worth of vintage Atra refillable blades for an old razor, so no need to contemplate expensive razors for me.

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  7. For those who like liquid soap but not the price, I have tried the liquid soap recipe from Pinterest. I made half the amount as I didn’t want to store it all. It wasn’t too much hassle to make, not quite as long lasting (in terms of lather that you get) as the shop bought liquid soap but as a cost cutting measure it was good. Also I just made the basic recipe but I imagine that you could use some nice essential oil to jazz it up. I did start with a good quality soap which I think is important to the end result . It’s worth a try.

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  8. Year-round I use bar soap which I ask for at Xmas.
    Facial wash and sunscreen from Poundland.
    The big bottles of Tresemme shampoo and conditioner are only £2.30 when they’re on offer. And the last one person almost a year!

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  9. I am also quite stinky without a good antiperspirant, but it is better since I went gluten free.
    I get many toiletry items at the 99 cents only store. Great deals! They also ave great deals on produce, canned goods, mayo, sour cream, cream cheese and cold cuts.
    I also sometimes order toiletries from the dollar tree.
    Enjoy your time off and stay warm.

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  10. I’ve recently started using coconut oil in place of alot of toiletries. You only need a tiny amount and you can use it to take off your makeup, as a moisturiser, add bicarb and you have facial scrub, add ground coffee grains and you have a body scrub, use it on hair as a conditioner, even clean your teeth with it. My skin has never been so soft and clear. Saves using all those chemicals and it works out super cheap.

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  11. I keep meaning to try coconut oil but am a soap bar fan. We buy Morrisons basics soap about 42p for 3 big bars. Sains basics soap good too as their palm oil in it is sustainable. All sains products also are not tested on animals unlike some of the well known brands. You can buy soap dispensers that produce foam to wash your hands, you water down the soap first too which makes it go further. I like sains liquid soap refills for this. Home B*rgains is the place for me. A weekly visit, I love it, toothpaste yesterday for 79p, reduced from £1 (oral b). Have also heard a new Aldii is being planned near me, it will be over the road to H B’s even more exciting!.Don’t go to Poundland as it’s in town and I keep town visits to an absolute minimum. Hate shopping and spending money since I have been reading your blog Froogs.

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  12. Aldi all the way.
    Laura face scrub, cheap 33p shower gel, laura moisturiser, aldi anti perspiration.
    I cover my grey with poundshop dye.
    Aldi shampoo and conditioner.

    Cheapakeup – I got a lot of MUA from Super drug dead cheap when they were discontinuing the line. Sorted.

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  13. I hot-cloth cleanse my face with olive oil or almond oil and buy whatever moisturiser’s on offer in the chemist. I do go to the hairdresser but it’s the academy so cheap highlights! You don’t have to spend loads on beauty, eating well and staying fit will stand to you more than fancy products.

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  14. I loved Poundland when I found one in England. I brought some things back to OZ.

    However we live in an area with very hard water and the soap scum is beyond difficult to remove. I have even resorted to razor blade scrapers. So we do use liquid soap but we are three ladies and you never need a full pump amount to clean your hands. I tried watering it down but the stuff grew mould. All three of us have sensitive skin so I buy bulk amounts of the wash we use. One for my daughter and me and a different one for mum. I use this wash for removing make up etc and use their brand of moisturiser. So while shampoos, washes and lotions and potions may be more expensive I make those litre bottles last the longest time. I also prefer the simplicity of less to choose from.

    This last week I have spent a whooping $40 (Aus) on extra strength, low irritant deodorants. It has been hitting 40 degrees most days with high humidity. Everyone now has their own special one to use while this insane heat lasts. We were all glowing at unacceptable levels shall I say.

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  15. All our soap and toothpaste and most of our shampoo and deodorant comes from dollar stores here in the US. Dollar Tree sells the exact same Colgate for $1 that’s $3.98 at the CVS pharmacy. However, CVS does have a dollar aisle that is stocked with Pear’s bar soap, which we love because we have mineral-rich water and a glycerin soap like Pear’s makes less soap scum on the bath and shower tiles. Dollar Tree also sometimes stocks Pear’s and Yardley’s soaps for $1 per bar.

    Because I have psoriasis, which thankfully is mostly laying low right now, I have to use a slightly more expensive shampoo than the rest of the family, but I wait for 2-for-one sales on it. I also use Lubriderm lotion and wait for sales/use coupons, and use a crystal deodorant stick, which works out to about $1 a year to use. The previous crystal stick I had still had a little bit left at 5.5 years, until I dropped it on the bathroom floor and broke it beyond use. Not bad for an initial outlay of $6!

    Also due to the psoriasis, I use an electric razor, the blades of which last for years and years due to the light use.

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  16. I hot cloth cleanse with olive oil too. I also use olive oil after a shower to moisture my whole body. I’m 60 this year but I have been told I could pass for someone in their 40’s. I use Aldi bath cream as liquid soap in the kitchen and cloakroom and if I remember I also put a few drops of tea tree oil in. My husband prefers soap bars in our bathroom but I find so many of them break up. We are trying Pears soap and that seems to say in one piece. Aldi coconut shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair lovely and soft. The only thing I do spend money on is Bionsen roll on deodorant as it aluminium free but it lasts for ages. I alternate between Aldi and Boots no7 for face creams.

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  17. Here in the states, I mostly comparison shop, and I do see good prices at Dollar Store. But, you have to compare volume/weight of the item, some things are more pricy atThe Dollar Store than other places.
    I make my own bar soap, with olive oil, coco butter, shae butter and some essential lavender oil. I get the lye at a home improvement store. My husband helps me, but I’ve done it alone before. I don’t know why, but I think it’s a cool thing to do. The soap is great, it’s creamy and lathers well. Contrary to common belief, it’s not harsh, if this soap is allowed to mature for a few weeks, it is very mild. There is a chemical reaction that occurs and the lye is gone. It is very mild, I am a redhead with sensitive skin, and it’s great for my skin. It costs pennies a bar. I see hand made soaps at craft fairs for $5 a bar and I think I need to set up a shop somewhere.
    I also make our laundry detergent. Its not really detergent. I use a simple recipe with one part grated bar soap, one part washing soda and one part borax. I like that there is not a strong perfume smell. It works very well, only need a tablespoon for a regular wash load. I use 1/4 cup vinegar in the rinse and everything turns out very soft and it does not smell like vinegar.

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  18. I used to pay a fortune for skin products. Now I use absolutely nothing on my face, no soap, no cleansers, just steam it in the shower, and my skin looks better than it ever did now it’s naturally rebalanced its oil. Hair is a different matter, and I have lots of it so my shampoo bill is significant even with cheaper brands – I would love it if a big bottle of Treseme lasted me all year but I need at least one every six weeks! The way I do cut down is only washing it every three days, and only using conditioner once a month, because I also avoid all those hot devices and dyes that mean you need a lot of conditioning. My top tip for cheap hair care is using vinegar to bring out red highlights in your blonde or light brown hair. A tablespoon of malt vinegar in a pint or two of water, poured on after shampooing, works wonders for your colour.

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  19. Bodycare often have the edge on Poundland prices.

    If you store soap somewhere warm, it tends to last a bit longer.

    We keep a handwash pump dispenser by the kitchen sink but filled with washing up liquid. That way you can measure out the exact amount for washing up rather than squirting too much from the usual bottle. Also, decent washing up liquid such as Aldi’s can be heavily diluted even 1:4 and works better dilute. I can’t remember the last time we bought washing up liquid. For us it seems to last forever!

    However we do have a dishwasher but tend to use that for greasy things. When washing hands, you might as well wash a few cups while you are at it with the same soap and water. Our water is very soft and if you over do it with any soap or detergent you spend more time rinsing than washing. Only half a dishwasher tablet is needed for us.

    Poundland do excellent microfibre de-greasing pads in packs of 3 which are good for washing up and surfaces. These get a squirt of washing up liquid and are hung in the dishwasher. This cleans them well and also, the bit of detergent makes the first rinse cycle more efficient. After being almost boiled in caustic soda, the pads come out nicely clean. Eventually the pads become floor cloths, so they don’t owe us much.

    If you use cycle helmets, the little pads inside don’t last long but the replacements are very expensive. The Poundland microfibre pads when cut into strips are better than the orginal ones in helmets and just attach to the velcro fixings in the helmets. When they get a bit grimy, put them in the wash.

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